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Internship Process

  1. Complete SF100

    All graduate degrees at DTS require Spiritual Formation. The MA student’s first step in fulfilling this requirement it to complete the first module of Spiritual Formation (SF 100), Identity. ThM students should complete all four modules for Internship eligibility. For more information about the Spiritual Formation program at Dallas Seminary, please contact the Spiritual Formation Staff, 214-887-5264, or

  2. Degree and Internship Requirements

    Please refer to the Seminary Catalog to determine the specific internship for your degree (found under “Academic Programs”). As an intern, the student is expected to be involved in Internship activities for 7-10 hours per week for the semesters registered, at their internship site: a local church, parachurch, or organization setting. Also the student must complete a portfolio related to the DTS Core Competencies and, depending on degree, the student’s ministry emphasis. The requirements for each of these are degree, track, and emphasis specific.

    In addition to completing more than half your degree hours, eligibility for an Internship depends on other degree specific prerequisites. Please consult the Advising Center and the Internship Department for more information.

    For curricular reasons, students must declare their tracks and/or ministry emphasis prior to registering for their Internship. Changes made to tracks/emphasis selections after Internship completion can delay graduation.

  3. Select an Internship Site

    Select an internship site and mentor based on your vocational interest(s), degree and/or ministry emphasis requirements. Consider the Job Board early in your education to garner ideas. Also, while looking for a church, consider potential internship opportunities there.

    In addition to your qualified mentor, you will need to identify at least five “Field Observers” who will consult with you during the internship. These field observers can include, but are not limited to, people that work with you during the internship or your SF group. The Internship Department is happy to assist you in either locating an internship site or in evaluating your internship options. To schedule an appointment with an Internship Staff Member, call 214-887-5264.

    Steps Description
    Selecting a Beneficial Internship Site “What every student should ask when choosing an internship site” by Dr. George Hillman
    Caring Mentoring “How to choose a mentor” by Dr. George Hillman
    Internship Job Board Local, national, and international paid and volunteer internships
  4. Using the Internship Job Board

    The Job Board allows organizations to publicize their internship opportunities to current students directly. Listings marked as an Internship on the DTS Job Board agreed to the following:

    • holding to the core biblical doctrines of DTS.
    • a minimum of 7-10 hours of ministry experience per week
    • a maximum of 29 hours of ministry experience per week
    • the title/role of this position is not secretarial or office administrative in function
    • interns serve under the guidance of a qualified mentor
    • ministry experience occurs at specific internship site
    • position lasts at least one semester (summer, fall, or spring)


  • because of legal issues, the Internship Department cannot “place the student” at a particular site
  • contact the organization directly to apply for internships listed here.
  • check to see if the opportunity listed meets the requirements of your degree program
  • applying to a listing on this website does not guarantee the Seminary will approve it for credit
  • you and the organization arrange for compensation

5. Complete the Application

If you have questions before you are ready to complete the application, then you are welcome to speak to a Ministry Formation Staff Member at any time. The semester prior to the start of your Internship, you must complete the application to be eligible for registration. You can save the application at any point and return to it.

6. Register for Your Internship

After you complete your application, you must complete a registration interview with an Ministry Formation Internship Coordinator to enroll in an internship. Your internship site will be approved during this conversation. To schedule this interview, please call 214-887-5264.

Note: Completing the Application and registration interview with the Internship coordinator needs to occur prior to the payment deadline.

If you schedule the interview after the early registration period, you will be responsible to pay all late registration fees.

After you register for your internship, you will be added to the internship course in Online Ed, which is used to facilitate your progress during your internship. You will receive a syllabus on this site, find the latest information about your specific internship requirements, and find all required internship course files.

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Internship Department, 214-887-5264